JUST PLAYING AROUND

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We are experiencing a really warm winter this time around in the Heart of Dixie, not a night yet below freezing.  I had a little free time several days ago and used a some of it to take a look and work on a few trees.  If you have played the bonsai game for a while, you already know that winter is a slow time for the hobby.  There are things you can do like choose pots, get soil ready, prune deciduous trees, etc.  This is the time that you need to be prepping everything for repotting.

Here are a few of the trees that I checked out today, we will start with my magnolia stellata.  If you have been prowling around the site, you may remember seeing it on the magnolia stellata progression page.  The callous is starting to roll over the epoxy:
Here are some more shots show how it looks naked.  The last photo shows what I think are flower buds, we will see this spring...
The next tree is a Japnese maple that my dad gave me earlier last year.  I just gave it a little pruning to help maintain the shape and am going to continue developing it as a broom style tree.

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A bald cypress in the nude, also can be found on the progerssion page.  I shortened the jin and may shorten it more.

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After Jin Shortening

The warm winter weather has been good for the camellias, all over Mobile they are blooming like crazy.  Here is my Curly Eago, a contorted variety.
Lastly, an illex or yupon holly that was a landscape tree that I acquired in the summer of 2017.  It got a little trim and I hope to get it in a pot this spring.

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